Buddha with oval head 成都 昭觉寺 Chengdu, Zhaojue Monastery
Uptown Theater, Chicago, marquee, July 2011 For more information on Chicago’s Uptown Theater: http://www.uptowntheatre.com/ Lobby image from Skyscraper City
I’m feeling nostalgic. In a couple of weeks, I’ll be making my first visit back to the USA in 5 years, since moving to China in 2006. I’m expecting some reverse culture shock, as well as an opportunity to eat vast quantities of American food. I’ll also be able to reconnect with my family for a week or so. Even though the photos below were all taken in Los Angeles, I won’t be going there; I’ll be in my home town of St. Joseph, Missouri, in St. Louis, and in Chicago. In the next few days I’ll dig out some ancient photos from my Chicago days (the 1970s and early 80s) and post a couple of them here. Chicago has been calling me back for a lot of years; if I do ever move back to the States, it’s one of only a couple of places I would consider living. There’s something about the city’s energy, its architecture, and – OK, I’ll admit it – the food, that keeps calling to me. Deep dish pizzas, Greek gyros sandwiches, kick-ass Mexican food, Polish sausage, Thai food, deli sandwiches - I’m gaining weight just thinking about it all. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these black-and-white film images (digitized and Photoshopped) from my L.A. days, now just a distant memory. They were all taken in my Hollywood neighborhood, around Hollywood Blvd. and Western Ave. Hollywood and Western, night Tower and palm, Hollywood Blvd. Pink Elephant Liquor, Western
金沙庵大殿 Jinsha Nunnery, Chengdu
Local workers stare through layers of history: a new residential tower, the restored Dacisi monastery, the rubble of a demolished ancient neighborhood, and a broken wall. See more photos of the Dacisi Monastery area here.